FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season in effect
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure begins June 24, 2021
IFPL Map MH1 IFPL: - IFPL 3 in effect MH4 IFPL: - IFPL 3 begins 12:01 a.m. July 16
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Begins June 30, 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021


 

ODF:  Increased Restrictions for Industrial Operations in The Dalles Unit

[Prineville, Ore.]  Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday July 16th Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for MH-4 will increase to Level 3.  MH-4 includes private, state, and municipal ownership protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) west of Hwy 35 within the Central Oregon District (COD) boundary.  The intent of the increased restriction is to reduce possible fire ignition from industrial forest operations.  MH-1, ODF protected lands east of Hwy 35 within the District boundary, is currently in IFPL 3.

Restricted Shutdown: The following activities are not permitted at any time, except as noted:

Cable yarding systems, except that gravity operated logging systems using non-motorized carriages or approved motorized carriages may operate between 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., when all blocks and moving lines are suspended at least 10 feet above the ground (except the line between the carriage and the chokers). An approved motorized carriage is defined as a cable yarding system employing a motorized carriage with two fire extinguishers, each with at least a 2A:10 BC rating, mounted securely on opposite sides of the carriage, an emergency motor cutoff, and an approved exhaust system.

During IFPL 3 the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. where mechanized equipment capable of constructing fire line is immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start: Ground-based operations (tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations); Power saws on ground-based operations; Rotary head saw feller-bunchers with a continuous Firewatch; Non-rotary head saw feller-bunchers; Tethered logging - winch-assisted, cable-assisted, traction-assisted, etc. systems, which enable ground-based timber harvesting machines to operate on steep slopes.

More information regarding fire season requirements for industrial operations is available at https://gisapps.odf.oregon.gov/firerestrictions/ifpl.html, or contact The Dalles Office at 541-296-4626.  

Regulated-Use Closure is in effect for the Central Oregon District.  Fireworks and campfires (including cooking fires) are not allowed within the district boundary. 

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

 Wildfire Update 

July 11, 2021

Redmond, Ore. – Firefighters from the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center responded to four wildfires today.  Two of these fires, incidents #556 and #561 were contained at less than a tenth of an acre. 

 

Incident #558, the Grandview Fire, was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. burning on Oregon Department of Forestry protected lands and the Crooked River National Grassland.  The fire rapidly spread through grass and juniper.  Numerous resources were mobilized to the fire, including wildland engines, dozers, resources from structural agencies, and contract crews.  Single engine air tankers (SEATs) and large air tankers continued to drop retardant on the fire until dark.  Late this afternoon management of the fire transitioned to the Central Oregon Fire Management Service Interagency Type 3, Incident Commander Caldwell.  The fire is currently estimated at 2,000 acres with 0% containment.  Firefighters will be working through the night.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

 

Evacuations are in place for residents in Jefferson and Deschutes counties.  Information for the evacuations can be found at https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff/ for Jefferson County and https://www.deschutes.org/sheriff/page/emergency-information for Deschutes County. 

 

Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Howard, will be in-briefed Monday at 12:00 p.m., with plans to take command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. 

 

The Newberry Fire, Incident #559, located near LaPine in the Rosland Road area burned 54 acres before crews were able to complete fireline around the perimeter.  Level 1 evacuations were implemented as a precaution for residents near the fire, but these have since been lifted.  Firefighters will be working to secure the fire late into the night.  The cause of this fire is under investigation.  Resources on the fire today included dozers, hand crews, water tenders and wildland engines with support from air resources.  Tomorrow firefighters will work to secure the fire and begin mop-up.

Friday, July 9, 2021

 

NEWS RELEASE—Dixie Creek Fire Update

July 9, 2021—9 a.m.

 

Contact:  Christie Shaw

(541)263-0661

Christie.shaw@oregon.gov

www.odfcentraloregon.com

 

John Day, Ore. – The High Desert Interagency Incident Type 3 Incident Management Team has completed work on the Dixie Creek Fire near Prairie City.  Today they transitioned management of the fire back to Oregon Department of Forestry’s John Day Unit.  A type 4 organization will continue to monitor and patrol the fire and complete any remaining mop-up within the perimeter. 

On Thursday crews worked to grid the fire looking for any hot spots.  The fire remains within the current footprint and has not grown in size since Saturday night.  Fire behavior Thursday was limited to areas creeping and smoldering in fuels which have not been fully consumed.  The fire is 99% contained.

Many resources from the fire have demobilized and been assigned to other fires in the region or returned home.  Equipment such as hose, portable tanks, and pumps which are not longer needed on the fire have been removed from the line and returned to the fire cache to be cleaned and prepared for the next fire.

No accidents or injuries have occurred on the fire.

ODF Central Oregon District

Public Information:  541-263-0661

www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon

Twitter:  @ODF_COD

Current fire restriction information and information for the Central Oregon District is available at www.odfcentraloregon.com.